A survey conducted by Refused Car Finance
reveals how drivers were impacted by lockdown.
- 36.5% of UK drivers surveyed were confused as to what they can and can’t do during lockdown
- Over 1/4 of drivers said that they have shared a car with someone outside of their household or support bubble.
- 87% of drivers in our survey said they do not wear a face mask whilst driving.
- 80% of drivers had not bought, leased or financed a new/used car throughout COVID-19.
- Out of our 126 drivers surveyed, 92% had said they had not driven to pick up a new pet during COVID-19.
- 6.3% of our anonymous drivers surveyed said they have driven whilst they were supposed to be self-isolating.
With ever-changing regulations which vary by region and local lockdowns, it’s no surprise that 36.5% of UK drivers surveyed were confused as to what they can and can’t do. But what were the driving rules under lockdown? How have they changed over time and how does your location play a part?
From July 4th 2020, people were able to book a holiday or night away at many popular UK ‘staycations’ and hotels. Our survey had revealed that only 16.7% of drivers had driven to a UK staycation since the new rules had come into play.
6.3% of our anonymous drivers surveyed said they have driven whilst they were supposed to be self-isolating and 7.9% admitted they had driven whilst experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. It is advised that whilst self-isolating, you and members of your household should remain at home. You should not go to work, school or any public areas including supermarkets. You should not leave the house to buy food or other essentials, meaning you should not drive whilst self-isolating. Instead, you should ask family or friends to shop for you or arrange online shopping and delivery.
From our recent survey, over 1/4 of drivers said that they have shared a car with someone outside of their household or support bubble. Is this illegal, not advised or just frowned upon?
New guidelines from the Department of Transport relating to car-sharing outline that if you usually share a car share with someone outside your household e.g. a colleague then you should try to find a different way to travel and minimise the risk of social contact. However, the official guidelines say you can car share with someone outside of your household as long as you take precautions to minimise the risk of infections.
87% of drivers in our survey said they do not wear a face mask whilst driving. If you are sharing a car with someone outside your household or support bubble, you are recommended to wear a face mask. However, a contradicting article by Express.co.uk on 5th August 2020 stated that drivers could be fined £1,000 for wearing a face-covering behind the wheel.
Our recent consumer survey showed that over 80% of drivers had not bought, leased or financed a new/used car throughout COVID-19. Another article by AM-Online reports “Consumer research released from CarGuide has revealed that COVID-19 has stopped almost a third of UK drivers (32%) from changing their car in 2020.”
With many people still working from home where possible and local lockdown encouraging drivers to stay at home more, there are a number of households across the UK whose cars are spending more time on the driveway than on the road.
You can find the full article here: https://www.refusedcarfinance.com/1-in-3-drivers-found-covid-19-rules-confusing/
About Refused Car Finance:
Refused Car Finance is a North-East car finance broker helping people across the UK get a suitable car finance deal that is within their budget. Refused Car Finance is a trading style of UK Car Finance Ltd. They specialise in helping people with bad credit get car finance. As a broker and a lender, they are able to offer customers with a wide range of backgrounds the finance they need to buy a car from any reputable FCA approved car dealership giving the customer a huge choice.
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